Unit Description

Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the selected topic through reviewing published research literature.

In this second capstone unit, students will either

(a) revise and implement the research proposal and timeline developed in Introduction to Research Methods and approved by the Metavision Institute, or

(b) undertake an extended literature review on the selected research topic.

For (a), students’ research projects will (i) draw on and analyse secondary data (data already available in the public domain), or (ii) be literature-based, or (iii) be autobiographical, in order to minimise ethical risks arising from the research process.

Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the selected topic through reviewing published research literature.

Students will then write a report on the findings of the project or extended literature review.

Including an outline of implications for counselling and psychotherapy practice, and make an oral presentation of their findings.

Unit Code


Unit Type

Core Unit

Study Period

Year 2, Semester 2

Credit Points


Unit Coordinator

Katrina Dickson

Consultation Times

30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during the semester

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Design and implement research projects in counselling and psychotherapy
  2. Critically evaluate published peer-reviewed research on the selected research topic
  3. Analyse social, legal and ethical aspects of conducting counselling and psychotherapy research
  4. Report on project outcomes, implications and recommendations in a final paper

Graduate Attributes

Attributes Statement
Ethical practice and integrity Our graduates will demonstrate high ethical standards in their practice and follow professional Codes of Ethics to do good (beneficence) and avoid harm (maleficence)
Professionalism Our graduates will have a highly developed understanding of their work roles and responsibilities and uphold a high level of professional conduct in their work
Holistic awareness Our graduates will have an in-depth understanding of how the physical body, the psyche and mind/ spirit/self are in constant interaction and relationship with each other and with the environment
Communication Our graduates will have well-developed written and oral communication skills, including listening deeply and receiving, interpreting and transmitting complex information, on many levels of awareness with colleagues, clients and the community
Critical thinking Our graduates will have critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyse information and make informed professional judgements

Delivery Mode

Workshop intensive on-campus, Start of Semester 4

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday 18 – Saturday 23 July, 2023

15 hours in total.

Online delivery

2 x 1.5 hour Zoom discussions. Total = 3 hours Synchronous Online Training.

Study Buddy activities

12.6 hours over the semester, guided by lecturer.

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 6.75 hours per week over the semester, 108 hours in total.

  • 15 hours on-campus workshop intensive
  • 3 hours Zoom discussion
  • 12.6 hours study buddy work, with lecturer involvement
  • 77.4 personal study hours

Available in Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice)

Created: April 28, 2021, 4:48 p.m. • Updated: Oct. 16, 2023, 2:07 p.m.